About Eco Nuts

About the Founders

Mona and Scott Horizontal Small

 

About Mona

Mona is a scientist, actress, model, comedian and an authority on all things truly eco. A graduate of Hampshire College, she has done wildlife rehabilitation, studied salamanders in western Massachusetts, discovered new species of micro spiders in the Costa Rican rainforest, and worked with leopards, lions, tigers and bears. She has been in movies and on TV since her debut on Sesame Street at age 5. A former animation artist, she has done much of the graphic arts for the company. Having suffered from a “normal detergent” allergy all her life as well as a sensitivity to dyes and fragrances, Mona is extremely discerning when it comes to products that touch her skin and has been very active in raising environmental awareness.  Mona often speaks at industry events and is the one who usually writes the Eco Nuts blog posts.

 

About Scott                        

A serial entrepreneur, Scott started his first successful business at age 16.  A former Pirates of the Caribbean Actor, Scott played Duncan in the first two movies before hanging up his pirate hat to pursue a more fulfilling role as president of Eco Nuts. He is an ecological enthusiast with a love for nature, animals and a pristine environment. Scott loves the water, snorkeling, paddle boarding, surfing and boogie boarding. His love for the ocean inspired him to make plastic-free products, and Eco Nuts as close to a plastic-free company as possible.

 

How We Started

We wanted to start a business that we could feel wonderful about. We wanted a business that would be great for the marketplace and the environment. But we also wanted to make or sell something that customers could feel good about buying and using as well as something that was useful and effective.

It also bothered us that when we took walks on the beach, it was littered with the plastic bottles of so-called eco-friendly detergents and cleaners.

When we first learned about soap nuts, there were only a few companies selling them to consumers. When we ordered our first soap nuts, we were also disappointed. This product, that is naturally eco-friendly and has so many benefits, routinely was packaged in a lot of plastic.

Mona, the scientist, was also surprised to find that the sellers of this wonderful product knew little to nothing about them other than that “they work great.” When it came to understanding the science behind how saponin (the natural soap) worked, nobody had any understanding about what they were selling or how to troubleshoot problems.   When we lab tested these soap nuts, we also found all kinds of nasty germs on them. What’s worse, they were being marketed as a “great baby detergent.”

We realized we could not only package and market soap nuts better than anyone else, but we could also build upon the wonderful properties of saponin and create other products. Our goal was to be as plastic free as possible to truly make the entire package as eco-friendly as possible – from contents to container.

We called our company `Eco Nuts,’ which we thought was a great description for these fantastic little berries as well as wonderful play on words for people like us who are crazy about the environment. We hope you will join us by becoming an Eco Nut, too!

In October of 2012 we appeared on the hit prime time show Shark Tank on ABC. You can read all about it here.

 

 Our Mission

Eco Nuts Plastic and Cost Savings Infographic

Eco Nuts  was conceived as a company that could transcend the cleaning industry in becoming a leader in environmentally responsible practices. We are environmentally friendly in our operations and socially responsible in dealing with our customers, partners and suppliers. All our products are cruelty and paraben-free, vegan, tested only on humans, and utilize recycled or recyclable packaging!

Packaging:

We strive with our packaging and products to have as little impact on the environment as possible, and that means no plastic in every instance it can be avoided. Whenever possible, we incorporate recycled, repurposed, sustainable and organic materials.

Every box of Eco Nuts purchased is one less plastic detergent bottle, making it into a landfill or using precious resources in order to recycle that plastic.

Why Aluminum?

The choice of recycled carboard for the Eco Nuts is obvious, but we reviewed and settled on aluminum to contain our liquid.

Aluminum can be recycled endless times – over and over again

It is more energy-efficient to recycle aluminum than ever before.

Aluminum can recycling saves 95% of the energy needed to make aluminum from bauxite ore. Energy savings in 1992 were enough to light a city the size of Pittsburgh for six years. (Can Manufacturers Institute 1993. The Great Aluminum Can Roundup.)

We want to promote and support the recycled aluminum industry in the United States. It conserves energy as well as supporting small towns that depend solely on the aluminum production plants. Without those plants, thousands of people would lose their jobs.

Our Commitments:

  • To lead by example with socially and environmentally responsible business practices.
  • To use only sustainable, non-toxic ingredients with zero hazardous waste generation.
  • To offer superior quality in all our products and packaging with environmental integrity.
  • To provide excellent service to our customers, vendors, employees and the community.
  • To support local and global charities, environmental and community groups to the best of our ability.

 

The Eco Nuts Guarantee:

Eco Nuts guarantees your satisfaction! We make and sell quality products, but there can be variations as with any natural product. If for any reason you are unsatisfied please feel free contact us and we’ll make it right!